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JUL 14 - 21, 2019
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USS Gunston Hall Damaged in Heavy Seas During Nordic Transit

Oct 26, 2018
by Courtney Mabeus
The Virginia Beach-based amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall is in port in Reykjavik, Iceland, for a damage assessment after it encountered heavy seas off the coast of the Nordic nation, a Navy spokesman said.

A "handful" of sailors also received bumps and bruises during the rough waters but all have returned to duty, Cmdr. Kyle Raines said.

The Gunston Hall's well deck was damaged and is being assessed.

"They're still assessing the damage to the ship but it was able to sail safely into port," Raines said.

As a precaution, the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York, based in Mayport, Fla., is also in port in Reykjavik, he said.

The Gunston Hall is part of an armada of ships operating in the Arctic Circle in the massive NATO exercise Trident Juncture, intended to show off the alliances' ability to respond to an attack from an adversary like Russia.

The Norfolk-based USS Harry S. Truman became the first U.S. aircraft carrier in more than 30 years to enter the Arctic Circle when it joined the exercise earlier this month. The Norfolk-based guided missile cruiser USS Normandy and guided missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman are also included in the exercise, which takes place in Norway, Iceland, Finland and Sweden and involves more than 50,000 participants, including 14,000 from the U.S.

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Photo caption: The Whidbey Island-Class Dock Landing Ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) is moored in Naval Station Mayport Florida for a scheduled port visit. (U.S. Navy photo/Colbey Livingston)


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